In the wake of scandal and corruption in New York State politics, a new commission has been formed. Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in Vestal to detail how that panel will fight to restore the public's trust in government and announce the appointment of a local District Attorney to the Moreland Commission. As our Elyse Mickalonis explains, Gerald Mollen is confident the job will get done.
VESTAL, N.Y. -- In an effort to curb public corruption, the Cuomo administration is enlisting the help of one of Broome County’s top law enforcement officials.
"The way this commission has been constituted, it’s been, I’m almost going to say, given unparalleled power to do two things, investigate public corruption wherever it exists and identify flaws in the legal system and electoral system,” said Gerald Mollen, Broome County District Attorney.
On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the Moreland Commission, a team of dozens of legal experts from around the state that will be charged with investigating public corruption. Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen is part of that team.
"We went through two, three, four months were it seemed there was another story in the newspaper or on TV news about a legislator being charged, indicted for some wrong doing and I think the impact is, if you’re sitting at home watching this, you’re going to say there’s a lot of corrupt legislators,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo says the commission will focus on investigating criminal statutes and misconduct by public officials, campaign financing and more to restore the public’s trust.
"I believe the overwhelming majority of legislators are good people who do the right thing and follow the law. I think this will vindicate the good ones by finding the bad ones,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Mollen says he has high hopes for the panel and is proud to have been chosen as a commissioner.
"I think it’s been given the charge to investigate specific cases of public corruption, but more importantly, look at ways the system can be implemented to reduce the chances of corruption in the future,” said Mollen.
Mollen is joined by 21 other members and three co-chairs from across the state. They have until December 1st to issue a preliminary report on their initial findings and recommendations.
For more details on the commission, it's goals and the rest of the members, head to www.governor.ny.gov.